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Harris County
Houston-Galveston Area Council Board of Directors
by Jim Guidry
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Houston-Galveston Area Council Board of Directors today voted unanimously to approve a new $82,000 contract with Whitley Penn as the independent external auditor for the organization, for a second year.

H-GAC Executive Director Jack Steele and Director of Transportation Alan Clark reviewed 14 projects within the eight-county Transportation Planning Area that are under consideration for funding under the recently approved Proposition 1 Constitutional Amendment.  Listen (6:06)

“That’s the $1.7 billion in funding that is being transferred from the Rainy Day Fund over into the highway fund to be used immediately, that is by the end of the year, for high priority program improvements,” Steele said.

Clark said the item will be on Friday’s agenda for the H-GAC Transportation Policy Council meeting, to seek their permission to conduct a public comment opportunity.

“If we receive their approval it will take us about two weeks to receive comment on this list before returning to them at their February meeting to receive permission to amend our Transportation Improvement Program,” Clark said.

The board voted unanimously to proclaim January as Parks and Natural Areas Month in support of the Parks and Natural Areas Awards Program. Listen (2:07)

The Awards were presented in a ceremony after the formal meeting. Listen (19:37) News Release

In his report to the board, Steele noted the inauguration of the governor and lieutenant governor and the fact that all statewide elected officials are new, as well as many of the representatives and senators. 

The board approved resolutions honoring service to the H-GAC by Montgomery County Commissioner James Noack and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett.  

Steve Mataro of DSW Homes attended the meeting to present the H-GAC with a certificate for its support of the Hurricane Ike Round 2 Housing Recovery Program in Chambers County, which was completed 12 months ahead of schedule. Listen (1:17)

“We just wanted to come here from the homeowners, 77 families that are back today in their beautiful safe, happy homes,” Mataro said.  “This is a wonderful accomplishment that H-GAC has accomplished.”  

All agenda items were approved.  All votes were unanimous. Attendance Agenda (The agenda includes links to staff reports and will include links to additional audio excerpts.)

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